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The Internet We Deserve

A Lecture Series on the history and possibilities of the Internet

As governments, academics, and entrepreneurs continue to debate regulatory and economic solutions to the myriad of perceived ills of today’s Internet, and as technology experts proclaim the dawn of an entirely new era thanks to AI, The Internet We Deserve lecture series will explore a portion of the Internet that provides a fresh perspective and much needed context: its history. 

Hosted by the Burnes Center for Social Change at Northeastern University in partnership with the Khoury College of Computer Science and moderated by Burnes Center Senior Fellow John Battelle, the series will feature notable business, policy, technology and academic leaders who have been central to the creation of the Internet as we know it today.

The series will kick-off in January 2024 with a conversation with Vinton Cerf, co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet, who currently is the Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google.  The conversation, “How the History of the Internet Could Inform the Future of Democracy and AI,” is part of the Burnes Center’s ongoing lecture series, “Rebooting Democracy in the Age of AI.”

By focusing on lessons and insights that can inform present-day dilemmas in Internet governance, The Internet We Deserve will explore major topics including the rise of the early academic and commercial Internet in the United States, the dot com bubble and subsequent bust, key technological sea changes from search and social media to the evolution and rise of Generative AI. 

The series will consist of both in-person and virtual talks.

Additional guests and locations to be confirmed in the coming weeks.

John Battelle

  • How the History of the Internet Could Inform the Future of Democracy and AI

    Rebooting Democracy in the Age of AI Lecture Series presents a conversation with Vint Cerf, co-creator of the Internet, about the impact of artificial intelligence…



  • The Internet We Deserve with Larry Lessig

    On February 6, join Larry Lessig, Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, founder of the Center for Internet and…


    Northeastern’s Boston Campus, Egan Research Center, Room 440
    120 Forsyth St, Boston, MA 02115



  • The Internet We Deserve with Tom Wheeler

    On Tuesday, March 26 at 2 p.m., hear from Tom Wheeler, former Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) where he led the FCC’s efforts…



  • TO BE RESCHEDULED: The Internet We Deserve with Shoshana Zuboff 

    On April 9 at 2 p.m., hear from Shoshana Zuboff, the author of three major books, each signaling a new epoch in technological society. Her…


    Northeastern’s Boston Campus, Exact Location TBD



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